Toronto March 9, 2011 – At a time when Canada’s international reputation on the environment is in question, we have a national treasure in our backyard and the world wants to learn from our success. You are invited to attend the first ever International Greenbelts Conference, a gathering of experts from greenbelts across Europe, Australia, South America, and the United States. This solutions-oriented conference will discuss how greenbelts can help address key agricultural, environmental, and social challenges.
Who: If you are a Southern Ontario journalist or a reporter in Ontario’s Greenbelt with an interest in covering
environmental, planning or policy stories – Join us
What: Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges – An international conference on greenbelts
When: March 22nd- 24th, 2011
Where: Radisson Hotel Admiral Toronto-Harbourfrontwww.radisson.com/greenbelt
Additional interesting story opportunities include five trips out into Ontario’s Greenbelt on March 22, 2011, that you are also welcome to attend, as well as a concert with songstress Sarah Harmer on the evening of the 22nd, lunch with Margaret Atwood on the 24th, and entertainment from Second City comedy troupe on the 23rd. Field trips Include:
- Niagara Culinary Trail: Apples and maple syrup can be found in the beautiful hills of Effingham and in between is an edible journey including the culinary entrepreneurs inspired by locally grown food who turn it into exciting food products such as wine curds and ice syrup. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the eco-friendly initiatives and sustainable approaches to wine making.
- Holland Marsh: This interesting tour of the Holland Marsh include stops at the Muck Research Station, the drainage canals led by farmer representatives of the special drainage commission, a packaging facility at LFP certified Carron Farms, and a local greenhouse facility at Riga Farms, featuring ethno-cultural crops.
- Crawford Lake Iroquoian Village/Cootes to Escarpment Park System: The Day will begin at Crawford Lake Conservation area, touring a 15th century Iroquoian village and participate in a traditional fire-starting and sampling of cornbread and sweet water. The group will then travel to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington for an overview of the Cootes to Escarpment Park System during lunch. Following lunch, people will talk a walk to the Great Falls at Smokey Hollow. The last stop of the day will be to the Royal Botanical Garden’s Arboretum for a short hike down to Cootes Paradise, highlighting lookouts and the Park system and Niagara Escarpment.
- Rice Lake Grasslands: Comprised of tall grass prairies and oak savannah, the grasslands are considered among the most endangered ecological communities in North America. People will have the opportunity to take a Spirit Walk with a member of the Alderville First Nation.
- Urban Food Security: An exploration of organizations that are increasing connections between local farmers and urban consumers. Attendees will tour Toronto’s FoodShare and The Stop Community Food Centre and participate in packing the Good Food Boxes that provide top quality, fresh food to Toronto Residents.
The Ontario Greenbelt is protected by a world–leading law that preserves prime farmland, wetlands, and green spaces around the Golden Horseshoe. It gives us clean water and healthy local food and is the largest Greenbelt in the world. It saves Ontario taxpayers $2.6 billion per year in environmental services and provides $5.4 billion to Ontario’s economy through farming and food production. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to provide support, educate, advocate and communicate the goals, ideas and benefits of our Greenbelt.
For more information or to obtain your pass and sign up for a field trip contact: Carla Balabanowicz, Communications Coordinator, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, (416) 960-0001, ext. 306 cbalabanowicz-at-greenbelt.ca
Visit : www.globalgreenbeltsconference.com to view the detailed program.